13 Area Runners Among NYC Marathon Finishers

More than 53,000 runners, 13 of them local residents, passed the intersection of Degraw Street and Fourth Avenue in New York City (at top) during Sunday’s running of the TCS New York City Marathon

NEW YORK NY – Thirteen area runners were among 580 Pennsylvania finishers Sunday (Nov. 3, 2019) in the 49th edition of the TCS New York City Marathon, the largest such 26.2-mile run in the world. The group included seven residents from Collegeville, four from Phoenixville, and one each from Schwenksville and Pennsburg, according to race sponsor the New York Road Runners club.

Fastest in the local pack was Carl Blickle, age 34, of Phoenixville, who placed 317th among the marathon’s 53,508 total competitors, the Road Runners’ statistics database reported. Blickle finished the course in 2 hours, 43 minutes, and 42 seconds (2:43:42), at a pace of 6 minutes, 15 seconds (06:15) per mile, his stats showed.

Blickle was followed on the course by

  • Dan Riley of Collegeville, with a race time of 3:47:27, a pace of 08:41, and finishing 10,777;
  • Lorena Fanelli of Phoenixville, 3:51:29, 08:50, 12,231;
  • Kathleen Fusco of Collegeville, 3:55:33, 09:00, 13,750;
  • Keith Ho of Collegeville, 3:59:15, 09:08, 15,453;
  • Joe Fanelli of Phoenixville, 4:07:56, 09:28, 18,605;
  • Valene Zogorski of Collegeville, 4:10:55, 09:35, 19,666;
  • Heather Tracey of Collegeville, 4:14:48, 09:44, 21,166;
  • Christine Barbera of Collegeville, 4:44:37, 10:52, 32,432;
  • Rachel Schaefer of Phoenixville, 4:45:42, 10:54, 32,800;
  • Steve Keyte of Schwenksville, 4:46:26, 10:56, 33,041;
  • Matthew Thom of Pennsburg, 5:14:15, 12:00, 41,167; and
  • Kam Ho of Collegeville, 5:56:36, 13:37, 48,426.

Weather at the 8:30 a.m. start of the race featured 15-mph winds, 50-percent humidity, and a temperature of 49 degrees. It changed little by the race’s end, with 7-mph winds, 43-percent humidity, and the thermometer at 50 degrees.

In comparison, the overall men’s winner – a 26-year-old Kenyan named Geoffrey Kamworor – “clocked a 2:08:13 to take his second TCS New York City Marathon title in three years,” a media release stated. The top women’s division finisher, Joyciline Jepkosgei, age 25 and also of Kenya, finished 2:22:38 in her marathon debut … “the fastest ever (time) by a woman making her New York City Marathon debut.”

The TCS New York City Marathon is held annually on the first Sunday of November and regularly includes more than 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to runners of all ages and abilities, including over 9,000 charity runners. Participants from more than 125 countries ran through the diverse neighborhoods of New York City’s five boroughs: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan.

Photo by The Post Publications

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